raffle

verb
raf·​fle | \ ˈra-fəl How to pronounce raffle (audio) \
raffled; raffling\ ˈra-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce raffling (audio) \

Definition of raffle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to engage in a raffle

transitive verb

: to dispose of by means of a raffle raffle off a turkey

raffle

noun (1)

Definition of raffle (Entry 2 of 3)

: a lottery in which the prize is won by one of numerous persons buying chances

raffle

noun (2)

Definition of raffle (Entry 3 of 3)

: rubbish especially : a jumble or tangle of nautical equipment

First Known Use of raffle

Verb

circa 1680, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1709, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raffle

Noun (1)

Middle English rafle, a dice game, from Middle French, dice game in which all the stakes can be won in a throw, literally, rake for a fire, from Middle High German raffel rake for a fire, from raffen to snatch, gather

Noun (2)

probably from French rafle act of snatching, sweeping, from Middle French, rake for a fire

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The first known use of raffle was in 1543

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“Raffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raffle?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=raffle01. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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raffle

verb
How to pronounce raffle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of raffle

: to give (something) as a prize in a raffle

raffle

noun
raf·​fle | \ ˈra-fəl How to pronounce raffle (audio) \

Kids Definition of raffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a contest for a prize in which people buy tickets and which is won by the person whose ticket is picked at a drawing

raffle

verb
raffled; raffling

Kids Definition of raffle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (something) as a prize in a raffle

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